The Directors are responsible for overseeing the running of the Chisholme Institute according to its aims. Read more here. They meet regularly at Chisholme House to discuss all aspects of the Institute including its financing, staffing, maintenance, building projects, household matters, garden, estate and publicity. You can email the directors at email@example.com
Lesley graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1966 after majoring in printed textile design. She worked as a freelance designer and taught in Winchester School of Art, Croydon College of Art and Bournemouth College of Art. Lesley later taught sixth form art A level students and in adult education centres. She has been a director of the Institute since its beginning and is married with one son.
Colin originally graduated in the Social Sciences, went on to train as an FE teacher and in recent years undertook a degree in Integrative Counselling. He spent much of his adult life in youth work then in the special education sector. Within this period Colin attended two six month residential courses at Chisholme. For the last fifteen years he has worked in drug and alcohol treatment in various posts, more recently training police and health professionals to carry out brief interventions to those presenting with drug dependency disorder. Colin became a member of The Chisholme Institute Board over a decade ago.
Julia Dry (Chair)
Julia has been a student, volunteer and guest at Chisholme since 1976. On completing the second 6-month retreat course she then went on to study Fine Art (painting) with philosophy, sociology, history and archaeology. From researching Persian 'paradise gardens' at university through a period of painting, teaching and working in archaeological illustration she followed a love of gardening to study horticulture and then worked as a professional gardener. She has a practical knowledge of accounts, and has worked in the charitable sector.
Paul has been associated with the Chisholme Institute for over thirty years. He moved to the Borders in 1996. He now lives in Hawick with his wife and is semi-retired. Paul is particularly involved with Administration, including the Institute's dealings with the British Accreditation Council, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and other areas. In his spare time he writes and performs narrative verse.
John studied geology and social anthropology at Cambridge University and researched in ethnology at Oxford University. This led on naturally to courses at Chisholme. He is currently a garden designer and runs a landscaping business. John has been a director of the Chisholme Institute for more ten years and takes particular responsibility for the estate and organic kitchen garden.
Joined as director in 2017 - details to follow soon.
Hiroko was born and grew up in Japan and has lived, studied and worked in UK since the mid 80s. She has a masters degree in Visual Islamic and Traditional Art, specialising in Japanese screen painting. She first visited Chisolme in the late 90s and since completed two six months intensive retreat courses. She subsequently joined the staff at the Institute, supervising courses, working as housekeeper and volunteering in other areas. She and her husband have two children and they currently live in Hawick.
Tim has been a director since 2004 and has been involved with the Chisholme Institute for over 30 years. He is a professional musician and works mostly as a teacher, privately and in schools, although he is also a founder member of the nearly-famous Vastearth Orchestra. Tim lives with his partner in Worcestershire, where they have a house and three allotments. When Tim isn't at Chisholme, meeting visitors from all over the world , he likes to travel around it as much as possible.
He has long been interested in environmental issues, and this is the area he is most concerned with as a director.
Maryanna studied music at the University of Edinburgh, and later Nursing at Oxford Brookes University. She has travelled widely and has worked for extended periods in hospitals in Oxford, the Scottish Borders, the Falkland Islands and in Uganda. She has had close ties with the Chisholme Institute for many years, as a six-month course student, a volunteer and also working as part of the staff. She learned to cook at Chisholme, and this instilled in her a life-long love for food and cooking. She is also a passionate traveller, reader, runner and spends a lot of time walking in the countryside with her little daughter.
‘What a gift, what a great human!’, writes Richard Twinch in his obituary for Mansura Brenda Thomas, who passed away on July 7th 2017.
Sat 24th March 2018
Sat 7th April 2018 00:00
This will be the time to get the garden ready for spring planting, with study and meditation available
Sat 30th June 2018
Seven days of self-discovery in a retreat environment, free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of the forest